Doomsday Marathon: Doomsday (2008)

Director: Neil Marshall (Dog Soldiers, The Descent) Writer: Neil Marshall Producers: Steven Paul, Benedict Carver Starring: Rhona Mitra, Bob Hoskins, Malcolm McDowell, Adrian Lester, David O’Hara, MyAnna Buring, Martin Compston MPAA Rating: R Running time: 105 min Badass, bloody, brutal, boatloads of fun, big bangs for your buck and oh yeah… Rhona...

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Doomsday Marathon: The Postman (1997)

Director: Kevin Costner (Dances with Wolves, Waterworld, Open Range) Year: 1997 Novel: David Brin Screenplay: Eric Roth, Brian Helgeland Starring: Kevin Costner, Will Patton, Olivia Williams, Larenz Tate, Giovanni Ribisi MPAA Rating: R Duration: 177 min When I signed on to help out with the “Doomsday Marathon” about a million different titles...

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Doomsday Marathon: Le Temps du Loup

An unnamed apocalypse lies at the center of Michael Haneke’s very underrated Time of The Wolf. The unnamed, and unexplained disaster (hinted at one point to have poisoned the water) only adds to the anxiety and dread that shrouds both the characters and eventually engulfs the audience by seriously fucking with expectations. The film begins not unlike his...

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Doomsday Marathon: Quiet Earth

  Although small, my local video store growing up did stock Quiet Earth. I remember they shelved it in horror, alongside Sleepaway Camp and The Company of Wolves, a section at that point in my young life I was not willing to expose myself to. Over the years I have built up a mystique about the film based solely on the company it kept in this video store...

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Doomsday Marathon: When Worlds Collide

  Many of the films in this series are post-apocalyptic, exploring the landscape of the world during or after a devastating nuclear attack or some other disaster that leaves the world as a wasteland. When Worlds Collide is largely pre-apocalyptic, concerning the preparations for a known upcoming disaster: a star hurtling on a collision course with Earth....

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Doomsday Marathon: Hardware

At first glance, Richard Stanley‘s cult science fiction film may seem like a cheap hybrid of Alien and The Terminator. It has a claustrophobic location in a grungy post apocalyptic world and it features a well-realized mechanical nightmare dispatching (with much gore) anything that comes in contact with it. What sets Hardware apart from these to films is...

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Doomsday Marathon: On The Beach

Year: 1959 Director: Stanley Kramer Written by: John Paxton based on a novel by Nevil Shute Starring: Gregory Peck, Ava Gardner, Fred Astaire, Anthony Perkins Duration: 129 min On The Beach is a film that I randomly purchased as part of a cheap 10-film boxset, and to be honest I half expected never to watch it. There were better films in the set (Twelve Angry...

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Review: Them!

[Chris Edwards, who writes extensively about silent films on his blog, Silent Volume, has written the following review of Them!. To see the full programme click on the Doomsday header image above.] The most important scene in THEM! has not a single giant ant in it. In fact, there’s no screaming, bold declarations or violent acts to be seen—just the quiet...

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Doomsday Marathon: A Boy and His Dog

[Special Thanks to Sean Dwyer for contributing this entry into the Doomsday Marathon, which is also currently published as a Forgotten Films Entry over at FilmJunk] One of the lesser known classics of the genre, L.Q. Jones’ A Boy and His Dog, is based on the novella by Harlan Ellison. The movie takes place in the year 2024, after not one but two additional...

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Review: Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

[Chris Edwards, who writes extensively about silent films on his blog, Silent Volume, has written the following review of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. To see the full programme click on the Doomsday header image above.] Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome opens with Max (Mel Gibson) tearing across the desert in a motorless truck, pulled by a team of camels. The poor...

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